There’s a growing call for new regulations to ban smoking in apartment buildings and condo’s.
Right now – the provincial act doesn’t allow smoking in common areas like the lobby, hallways and elevators.
But it is allowed in individual units.
Kevin McDonald, manager of Hamilton’s tobacco control program, says the city had 49 complaints last year about smoking in apartment buildings, and 31 so far this year.
He says most of the complaints are coming from people who have health issues such as asthma or allergies and say the cigarette smoke is coming through the ventilation’s systems into their units.
The city’s Associate Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Nihn Tran, calls it a serious health concern that needs to be dealt with.
McDonald believes it should be included in provincial legislation.